Monday, May 07, 2018

JAMES COMEY - Russia Investigation

"James Comey: FBI had ‘basis for investigating’ possible ties between Trump and Russia" PBS NewsHour 4/30/2018


SUMMARY:  Former FBI Director James Comey on Monday criticized a House Intelligence Committee report that found no evidence of collusion between Russia and Donald Trump’s Presidential campaign, saying the FBI had a “basis for investigating” the matter.

“There was a basis for investigating, meaning there were facts to support an investigation” into alleged ties between Russia and members of Trump’s campaign, Comey said in an interview with the PBS NewsHour’s Judy Woodruff.  “To say there was no evidence just wasn’t the case.”

Comey joined a chorus of critics who have slammed the report in recent days.  President Trump touted the finding on Twitter, repeating his frequent claim that the Russia probe was a “total witch hunt.”

In the NewsHour interview, Comey, who is on a media tour to promote his new book, also defended his decision-making surrounding the FBI investigation into Hillary Clinton’s private email server during the 2016 election.

The former FBI chief said he was trying to “do the right thing” when he sent a letter to Congress less than two weeks before the election announcing the bureau had reopened its probe into Clinton’s emails.  Comey said the alternative option — not going public with the FBI’s actions — would have been “catastrophic.”

“We were stuck in the middle of a no-win situation,” Comey said.

Clinton and many Democrats have argued that Comey’s letter to Congress helped Trump win the election.  Comey, who was fired by Trump last May, has insisted he wasn’t taking sides in the race.

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